Robert Doty

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Robert Lee "Bob" Doty

(Professor emeritus of English literature at Campbellsville University, Kentucky)

Dr. Robert L. Doty.jpg
Political party Democrat

Born 1935
Place of birth missing

Resident of Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky

Spouse Never married
Religion Southern Baptist clergyman

Robert Lee Doty, known as Bob Doty (born 1935),[1] is professor emeritus of English literature at the Southern Baptist-affiliated Campbellsville University in Campbellsville in Taylor County in central Kentucky. He is also a nature enthusiast and a bird photographer.

A native of the Appalachian country, Doty graduated in 1953 from Estill County High School in Irvine, Kentucky.[1] He received an Associate of Science degree from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Baptist -affiliated Georgetown College in Scott County, Kentucky. Doty is also a clergyman, having received a bachelor of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. From the University of Kentucky at Lexington, he received a Master of Arts and his Ph.D. in Victorian studies.[2]

Doty participated in post-doctoral programs at the University of London in England and an archeological study program in Jerusalem, Israel. He retired in 2006 from Campbellsville University and remains professor emeritus at the institution. He was twice the director of a London Summer School for a consortium of thirty-nine universities and colleges.  Doty served on regional accreditation/reaffirmation teams for various colleges and universities. He was the chairman of those committees for five of his sixteen years of involvement. He has also been affiliated with the Kentucky Humanities Council, the Elderhostel educational society, and various historical associations. He is a member of the editorial board of The Campbellsville Review and a trustee of his alma mater, Georgetown College.  He is the chaplain at Camp Roy C. Manchester for the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Benton in Marshall County in western Kentucky. He is a member of the board of the Clay Hill Memorial Forest near Campbellsville.[3]

In March 2012, CU displayed a collection of Doty's bird photographs in the university arts gallery. Doty was first introduced to photography by his high school principal. His first camera was a used Ricoh twin lens reflex. He has recorded sixty thousand photographic images using slides, negatives and digital technology. "Photographing birds presents distinctive challenges because sometimes they won't stay still or tolerate humans in their space. Good photographs are the result of skill, patience, access and luck. ... There are few human endeavors that call forth such a range of effort like photography ... because it can be creative, technical, scientific, propagandistic, inspirational. Design, form, color, physics, chemistry, art, history, nature and imagination are all elements to be explored with photography," Doty said in a 2012 interview.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Doty. Retrieved on January 2, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dr. Robert Doty bird photographs will be on display at CU. (March 14, 2012).
  3. Robert L. Doty. Retrieved on January 2, 2018.